Father’s Day weekend is coming up and keeping dear-old-dad busy will not be a problem. Take him on a run or a creative walk, surprise him with a peak at a fantastic old airplane, or spend the afternoon at a beer festival. Better yet, have him do it all! Whatever your dad is in the mood for, Portland’s got something perfect in store for him with an array of incredible dad-centric activities. Read on to find out more.

photo: courtesy of Brewfest


Attend the Family PRIDE Dance Party
On June 16th, 2017, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Districts, Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center will be throwing their 2nd Annual Community Family PRIDE Dance. The event will include live DJ, games, face painting, food, and fun!

This family-friendly event open to all, is part of an ongoing effort by Conestoga Rec. Aquatic Center to celebrate our community’s diversity. Fri. Event Details.

SE Portland

Indulge in the Pioneer Food Fun
Authentic history and camp cooking combine for the perfect day to visit the Philip Foster Farm. What was food like on the Oregon Trail? What was cooking like for the early pioneers? Go and find out! Demos, tastings, cooking chores, activities, and much more are all waiting for you and your foodie clan. Sat. Event Details.

SW Portland

Get Crafty & Celebrate Father’s Day
Show your father, step-father, grandfather, big brother, uncle, and any other father figure in your life how much you love him by making these crafts at The Craft Factory’s Father’s Day event:

– Choose one of these to decorate: a picture frame, a tie, or a mustache
– Decorate a blank Father’s Day card, just waiting for your message

Enjoy some sweet Father’s Day treats while you make dad a special handmade gift from the heart! Sat. Event Details.

Get Ready for the Undy Run/Walk
The Undy Run/Walk is coming back to Portland on June 17! Grab your favorite boxers and take part in this family and pet-friendly run/walk supporting the Colon Cancer Alliance on their mission to knock colon cancer out of the top 3 cancer killers. Every member of your family, young and old can participate in the run and the fun! Sat. Event Details.

NE Portland

Check Out the Cats at Cold Creek Retreat
Expose yourself and your kids to exceptional jazz. Find yourself in a lovely forest amphitheater with world class jazz musicians. Relax and enjoy and be a part of keeping jazz alive. Please check ticket page for all music details. Sun. Event Details.

Take a Creative Path Walk
The Creative Path Walks at Cerimon House, is a monthly indoor labyrinth walk. A 33 foot square design is on the floor of the main auditorium and features five arrival points on the journey. (You might think of it as a personal map, or as a large-scale compass.) Your special dad will love this immersive experience of light, sound, and walking meditation. The Cerimon staff have created a time and place for you to unplug and restore. “Heart & Fatherhood” is the theme for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18th. Sign dad up for his 30 minute slot. Sun. Event Details.


Head to the Oregon Garden Brewfest
This Father’s Day weekend enjoy 60 breweries, pouring 120 beers, ciders, and meads from all over the state and across the country. Sip your brew as you wander through 80 acres of gardens, listen to great regional musicians, and taste amazing food from local vendors. Minors are welcome Saturday until 5pm and all day Sunday (Father’s Day) when there will be fun family activities. Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Get Ready for a Father’s Day Fun Run
Hit the Brewfest Fun Run for Father’s Day and enjoy a beautiful 5k family fun run in the Garden. The run will take place fully inside The Oregon Garden, winding through paths among the 60,000 annual flowers planted each year. Sun. Event Details.


Don’t Miss the iSpark Fathers’ Day Celebration
Ring bells, flash lights, and blare alarms —It’s Fathers’ Day at iSpark Toys! Electrons will come alive when dads, grandfathers and kids snap together radios, burglar alarms and doorbells. Saturday Academy will be there to guide the Snap Circuit building. When you are done creating your electronic masterpiece, celebrate by decorating and eating a cupcake! Sun. Event Details.


Catch the Fathers Day Event at the Evergreen Museum
Grab dad, head to the Evergreen Museum and and check out the B-17 presentation and tour. Don’t miss one of the last opportunities to see this lovingly restored aircraft before it leaves later this summer to join the Collings Foundation for a full restoration, and will fly as part of their tour program. Sun. Event Details.

What is your favorite thing to do with dad on Father’s Day weekend? Share it in the comments section below.

—Annette Benedetti